A Tobacco Lawyer's Journey

Joshua Knelman
NZ$ 55.00
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NZ$ 44.00
h229 x 152mm - 272pg
6 Sep 2022 UK
International import eta 7-19 days
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Mad Men meets Bad Blood in this addictive, behind-the-scenes globe-trotting narrative of moral ambiguity, law, public policy, and big tobacco. "Given everything the lawyer knew up to that point about smoking, as far as he could tell, cigarettes shouldn' t even have been available as a mass market product. . . "It' s the start of the new millennium and a young lawyer is recruited to work for an unnamed multinational company. It isn' t until his second interview that the product the company produces is revealed to him- cigarettes. Possibly the most controversial consumer product in human history- seductive, addictive, and deadly--yet completely legal. Over the next decade, he travels the world as he works as legal counsel to successfully market cigarettes in dozens of countries. Firebrand ventures into the heart of the tobacco industry and the icy paradoxes of capitalism, each chapter a counterintuitive lesson on how cigarette companies, the target of anti-smoking campaigns by health authorities, pivoted and recovered after the seismic 1964 Surgeon General' s Report and 200-billion-dollar debt of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement--and are now thriving, drenched in profits from their one billion smokers worldwide. As Mad Men did for the alcohol-fuelled, oversexed, corrupt world of New York advertising, Firebrand does for the even more despised world of big tobacco, in an addictive piece of storytelling that spans the globe. The lawyer' s work takes him from manufacturing factories to hocking "sticks" at UK corner store counters; from tacky resorts in Spain and pirate city-states to luxury hotels and Grand Prix events across European and Asian cities. A contemporary tale of our ambiguous times, told through the eyes of an anti-hero created by our corporate age. Written with the character-based gusto and narrative flare akin to Michael Lewis, and the behind-the-scenes intrigue of Bad Blood and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Firebrand is a compelling paradox of corporate responsibility, public health, and an engrossing tale of a morally dubious yet completely legal enterprise.
"Knelman lights up every deeply-reported and finely-observed chapter of Firebrand with wit and insight. A rollicking and riveting insider' s tour of an insidious global industry. " -Rachel Giese, author of Boys: What it Means to Become a Man "As addictive as the subject matter, Knelman' s storytelling breathes intrigue, high-drama, and humour on to every page, while guiding us through the nebulous business of a killer industry. One helluva good read. " -Garvia Bailey, broadcaster and co-founder, Media Girlfriends "WARNING: Firebrand is a thriller told from deep inside global capitalism' s secret chambers, where few of us ever get to tread. The story will make your palms sweat and your heart race, a staggering achievement. " -Richard Poplak, author of Paydirt: What the Search for Gold has Cost the World
JOSHUA KNELMANis an award-winning arts and investigative journalist and editor. He was a founding member of The Walrus magazine. His writing has appeared in The Walrus, Toronto Life, TORO, Saturday Night, CBCarts. ca, the National Post, Quill & Quire, and The Globe and Mail. His debut true crime bestseller, Hot Art, won both the Arthur Ellis Award and the Edna Staebler Award and was successfully published in Canada, the US, and Korea with attention from Vanity Fair to Details to Playboy Magazine. His first book, the co-edited anthology Four Letter Word, sold in ten countries across various publishers. Josh lives in Toronto.

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